After spending time with the X1, I understand why Lumin is proud of its flagship. It does everything you would expect from a premium audiophile product—it looks cool, operates flawlessly, accepts firmware updates, and has its own app. It also performs as well sonically as any streamer/DAC/preamplifier I’ve had in my clutches.
Not only is the X1 a first-class component, but the support behind the Lumin is also as stellar as the unit itself. Source Systems, Lumin’s U.S. distributor, is well-versed on the unit’s operation and responded promptly to my technical questions.
Sure, you have a multiplicity of streamers, streamer/DACs, and streamer/DAC/ preamplifiers to choose from these days, and, alas, the Lumin X1 is only one of them (to steal an ancient audiophile cliché). But it’s an outstanding one that gets everything right and does it all with style.
Specs & Pricing
Type: Ethernet-connected streamer/DAC/preamplifier
Formats supported: DSD lossless: DSF (DSD), DIFF (DSD), DoP (DSD); PCM; lossless: FLAC, Apple lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF compressed (lossy); audio: MP3, AAC (in M4A container)
Outputs: Balanced analog, single-ended analog, SPDIF, BNC
Drive capacity: No internal drives
Streaming services: UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension (OpenHome), Roon Ready, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist. Tidal, Tidal High Res, TuneIn, Qobuz, and MQA supported.
Dimensions: 350mm x 60mm x 345mm (chassis); 106mm x 60mm x 334mm (PSU)
Weight: 8kg (chassis); 4kg (PSU)
SOURCE SYSTEMS, LTD. (U.S. Distributor)
San Clemente, CA 92672